Scrambling and Performance Coaching
27th - 29th September 2019
A brand new, unique, and exhilarating weekend scrambling some of Snowdonia’s most iconic, rugged ridges and receive specialist performance coaching to improve your mental focus for more challenging routes.
Scrambling is the cross-over between hillwalking and climbing, where the route gets steep and craggy, requiring the use of your hands as well as feet. Scrambling gives walkers access to varied and advanced terrain, including superb ridge walks with vast views on either side, opening up a whole new world and enabling walkers to reach quieter, less accessible paths.
This weekend is designed to give you the psychological skills and practical experience to feel fully confident in this environment, and in other challenging situations that may crop up as you develop as a hillwalker and explorer. This weekend is intended for people who regularly like to go outdoors and want to increase their confidence on steep and exposed terrain.
A specialist performance coach (a dual-qualified clinical psychologist and climbing instructor) will teach you cognitive behavioural techniques, mindfulness skills, and relaxation methods to help you develop your mental focus, overcome fears and anxieties, and increase motivation, to equip you for more sizeable challenges. Experienced mountain leaders will then take you through increasingly technical scrambles to allow you to put your new skills into practice.
Snowdonia is a great location for a scrambling weekend, as it offers a wide range of scrambles from gullies to exposed ridges, with many finishing on or close to summits. Routes will be chosen on the day to suit the weather and the group, but could include the North Ridge of Tryfan, Crib Goch or Y Gribin, alongside some lesser known rocky ridges. These routes are grade 1 scrambles, putting them within the reach of adventurous hillwalkers with average fitness.
Day 1 (Friday): Your Explorers Connect host will welcome you at the bunkhouse from 6pm, where you’ll meet the rest of the group, have a brief for the weekend ahead, and hang out for the evening. Dinner on the first night is not included as people tend to arrive at different times, but there are pubs nearby and some self-catering facilities on site.
Day 2 (Saturday): Breakfast will be served at the bunkhouse’s on-site rustic cafe. A highly-experienced psychological performance coach will join you to deliver a talk to introduce the cognitive behavioural techniques, mindfulness skills, and relaxation methods that will help you develop mental strength as a hillwalker and explorer. You’ll then walk to a nearby location for some roped climbing and hill reps to simulate different challenging situations that each require different facets of mental strength. You’ll head to a nearby cafe for a spot of lunch, before jumping into a minibus and venturing out for a full afternoon of scrambling to test what you’ve learned in a real environment. A hearty dinner will be served when you return - back at the bunkhouse cafe.
Day 3 (Sunday): On Sunday morning, after breakfast, you’ll head out for a full day of scrambling up one of the areas fantastic routes. This could be a guided traverse of the classic Crib Goch or the North Ridge of Tryfan North Ridge, depending on weather and group confidence levels. You’ll return to the bunkhouse for 4pm at the latest, to allow you to travel home before the weekend is over.
The psychological performance coaching element of the weekend will be delivered by dual-qualified consultant clinical psychologist and climbing instructor Rebecca Williams. Rebecca teaches cognitive-behavioural techniques, mindfulness skills, relaxation, as well as using graded exposure in a safe, supportive way to help to overcome any fears that may appear on the mountain. You can read more about her approach in her blog for UK Climbing.
Highly-experienced mountain leader and climbing instructor Tom Carrick will guide you up some of the fantastic and challenging routes in the area. With a huge passion for helping people to get outdoors, Tom knows Snowdonia like the back of his hand. Alongside Rebecca and Tom, your hosts for the weekend will be Alex Cameron-Smith and Becky Goodall.
Together, your hosts bring to life the Explorers Connect ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to find out what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends. Find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here.
Our accommodation for this trip is a stunning lodge right in the heart of Snowdonia that boasts a newly-refurbished, on-site cafe / restaurant for hearty breakfasts, dinners and drinks, and a decking area with firepit to enjoy if the weather is good. Guests will be split between two bunkrooms with shared bathrooms.
The weekend is intended for those who have experience hillwalking, and who would like to take their hillwalking to the next level, and explore steeper ground. No prior experience of scrambling is necessary.
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your instructors but you will need to bring comfortable shoes to climb in - trainers are ideal. Our recommended kit list for hiking weekends is available to download HERE - you can use this as a base to help you decide what to bring.
Lunch is not included on either Saturday or Sunday. On Saturday, there will be the option to buy lunch at a local cafe, or you can take sandwiches if you prefer. On Sunday you will need a packed lunch to take with you on a full day of scrambling.
Friendly Explorers Connect host!
Qualified performance coach
Qualified mountain leaders, with you all the way
Guided walks on Saturday afternoon & all day Sunday
Transfers to and from hike start and finish points
Two nights shared accommodation in a bunkhouse right in the heart of Snowdonia, with a beautiful on-site cafe
2x Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday mornings)
1x Dinner (Saturday night)
Camaraderie of a friendly group, who will support you through your scrambling adventure
DATES & PRICE
Dates: This adventure runs from 6pm on Friday 27th September to 4pm on Sunday 29th September 2019
Price: £250 (member price: £235)
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.